History Lecture Series Features Ned O’Malia

New Mexico Humanities Council speaker Ned O’Malia


Ned O’Malia, a speaker for the New Mexico Humanities Council, will give a presentation titled, “The Spirit of Place: Sacred Northern New Mexico,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 in Fuller Lodge.

O’Malia’s talk is part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s lecture series.

Northern New Mexico is home to a diversity of spiritual traditions: Catholic, Protestant, Eastern, Native American, New Age, and communal. Into this small geographic area of Native American practice came Catholicism, Hermano/Penitentes, Converso Jews, and Protestant missionaries.

Starting in the 1960s, as if drawn by the earth, sky, and water itself, came communities of Muslins, Hindus, Sikhs, and a variety of Buddhist traditions. Spiritual and social communes rapidly developed in the mountains of north-central New Mexico.

This lecture reviews the many traditional and contemporary spiritual communities and ends with a focus on the reasons why so many spiritual groups have been attracted to this unique portion of New Mexico.

O’Malia has a PhD in Asian religions earned from Temple University. He has widely traveled the world studying religions.

The theme of Los Alamos Historical Society’s 2018-2019 lecture series is “Anniversary Lecture Series.” This series is sponsored by Raffi Andonian and Nicole Kliebert.

Visit http://losalamoshistory.org for a complete schedule of lectures and events.

The lectures are held at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Fuller Lodge unless otherwise noted.